Voice to Parliament

The University of Tasmania is committed to providing the Tasmanian community with information and resources they need to make an informed decision in the lead up to the 2023 referendum.

In 2023 there will be a referendum, for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament to be enshrined in the Constitution.

This webpage aims to provide a source of truth for students, staff, and the wider public.

Here you will find links to information, opinion and perspective on the Referendum from Tasmanian, National and International perspectives that will be curated over coming months with an emphasis on maintaining a collection of critical, balanced and reliable sources.

The University intends for this web resource to continue beyond 2023 as a key mechanism for promoting and communicating our contribution to the important national task of responding to the Referendum outcome.


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University's statement

In 2017 the Uluru Statement from the Heart was made by national Indigenous leaders. It sets out an urgent agenda for Voice Treaty Truth that cannot be reduced to its separate parts.

A codesign process with the Australian Government and led by Professor Marcia Langton and Professor Tom Calma has developed details from the Uluru Statement for the proposed Voice to Parliament. The final report provides guidance for the Voice to Parliament to be considered by the Australian parliament.

An Australian constitutional referendum will be held in 2023 that will ask the people of Australia if they agree to the insertion of new words into the Australian constitution. If a “yes” vote is received, the Australian parliament can then legislate the Voice to Parliament.

The University is committed to the principles outlined in the Uluru Statement from the Heart as a basis for the proposed constitutional reform and other reform agendas. These principles affirm Indigenous ancestral ties to the land, and that Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded or extinguished.

The University will work with Indigenous leaders to contribute to this debate in Tasmania through its reach, networks, and by holding discussion events in the lead up to the referendum.

Members of University Council, Academic Senate and the University Executive Team affirm their commitment to a yes vote.

The University respects the diversity of views in the Tasmania Aboriginal community and Australian Indigenous communities across the country.

Members of the University community are free to express their views and are protected by our academic freedom and free speech policy (PDF 164.8 KB).

The University calls on all Tasmanians to engage with this conversation and to do so in a manner that is respectful and inclusive.

As a University community we accept a shared responsibility to nurture and support students and staff over the course of these political debates.

Reconciliation Tasmania endorses the Uluru Statement from the Heart and accepts the invitation to walk alongside the First Peoples of Australia in their quest for recognition and the establishment of a Voice to Parliament. RT has embarked on a state-wide campaign to inform, educate and provide clarity about the Uluru Statement and Voice and Makarrata proposals for Tasmanians ahead of this year’s referendum. For further information visit Reconciliation Tasmania.

  • Indigenous Voice Co-design Process
    The report proposes the establishment of an Indigenous Voice to the Australian Parliament and Government based on extensive feedback gathered from over 9,400 people and organisations across Australia. The proposed Indigenous Voice aims to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate in genuine shared decision-making with governments at the local and regional level and have their voices heard in policy and law making. It is intended to complement and amplify existing structures, not replace them. The report argues that establishing an Indigenous Voice will lead to better policy outcomes, strengthen legislation and programs, and provide a mechanism for diverse perspectives and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be considered.
  • Uluru Statement from the Heart
    The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a statement issued in 2017 by Indigenous Australian leaders who called for the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians, a "First Nations Voice" to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution, and the establishment of a Makarrata Commission to oversee agreement-making and treaty-making between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The statement also includes a call for the recognition of Indigenous Australians as the First Peoples of Australia. The "Voice to Parliament" proposal within the statement aims to establish an advisory body made up of Indigenous leaders to provide advice and input to the Australian Parliament on matters that affect Indigenous Australians.
  • ABC in depth - Everything you need to know about the voice
    ABC takes a deep dive into everything you need to know about the Voice.

Videos for Voice to Parliament

Why is a Referendum needed? | Learning with From the Heart (5.3 Minutes)

Voice to Parliament - what does it mean? (Jan 2023) (2.3 Minutes)

Jack Latimore breaks down what's involved in a Voice to Parliament.

Indigenous voice to parliament: what is it and how would it work? (8.3 Minutes) - The Guardian Australia

Indigenous affairs reporter Sarah Collard explains what we know so far about how the Albanese government hopes to enshrine an Indigenous voice in the constitution and what it means for all Australians.

How Will a Voice to Parliament Help Indigenous Australians? | Q+A (13 Minutes)

What tangible impact would an Indigenous Voice have for those who live in north-east Arnhem Land and other remote communities? ( Indigenous Panel  includes Linda Burney, Minister for Indigenous Australians and Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, Country Liberal Senator for NT.

Thomas Mayo responds to the launch of the No campaign Jan 2023 (5.5 Minutes)

Thomas Mayo on Sky News discusses the launch of the No campaign, how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were extensively consulted and the majority agreed (and still do) that constitutional recognition should come through a Voice to Parliament.

History is calling (1 minute)

Vote Yes to support a Voice to Parliament, so that First Nations peoples can have a say on matters that affect them. The Sept 2022 Ad that launched the Yes Campaign.